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The Story of an Hour

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Transcript of The Story of an Hour

Kate Chopin
Story Diagram
The Story of an Hour
Protagonist: Louise Mallard
Antagonist: Brently Mallard
Minor Characters: Richard, Josephine
Plot: Rainy day, in the Mallard's house, in an
isolated room
Louise has a heart trouble
and her sister Josephine tries to tell her that her husband died from a railroad disaster.
Initial Accident
Rising Action
When Mrs. Mallard abandoned herself, she began to whisper these words over and over: "Free, free,free!" because she realized she was free from her husband
Falling Action
Thematic Statement
Josephine, Mrs. Mallards sister, was trying to tell Mrs. Mallard about the
tragedy subtle knowing that she was afflicted with a heart trouble.
After she got the bad news, Mrs. Mallard
was very depressed and she isolated
herself from her family
When Mrs. Mallard isolated herself in her room,
she began to recognize this feeling that was
going over power her.
She opened the door to her sister's importunities and clasped her sister,s waist; together they descended the stairs
Someone was opening the front door. It was Brently Mallard, Mrs. Mallard's husband, who had opened the door with a latchkey. He was far from the scene of the accident.
Both Richard and Brently stood amazed at Josephine's loud cry
Mrs. Mallard has heart problems so everybody tries to be careful around her. When Josephine, her sister, and Richard, a family friend, discover Bently Mallard, her husband had died in a railroad accident, they take time to tell her about the tragedy. After she was told about her husband's death, she became really depressed and locked herself in her room. Once inside, she began to feel something inside her. She realized that she was free from her husband's possession. Once she realized that, she began to look forward to the days ahead of her instead of dreading them. She then opens the door to her sister, who kept checking on her, and both start to go downstairs. Suddenly, Mr. Mallard, came in and shocked everyone especially Mrs. Mallard. In tremendous shock, she died of a heart disease- joy that kills.
Literary Devices
Situational Irony:
Mrs. Mallard week heart symbolizes the lack of love that there was in her marriage
this literary device is used a lot, especially when the reader can visualize and feel the emotions that Louise expresses through the story
Brently is alive, enters the house fine and well, and his wife dies as a result
Dramatic Irony:
We know that it was not joy that killed Louise, but the shock that came over her after the disappointing fact that Bently was still alive
Louise Mallard had died of a heart disease

Background on Kate Chopin
Her maiden name was Kate O'Flaherty. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1850. She was the only child to live past the age of twenty-five. At the age of five and a half, Her father was killed when a train on which he was riding crossed a bridge that collapsed. Kate grew up surrounded by smart, independent single women. In between the years of 1869-1870, she would attend debutante parties, learned to smoke, and she wrote her first short story "Emancipation: A Life Fable," it was about freedom and restriction. She died from cerebral hemorrhage on August 22, after collapsing at the world's fair, two days before.
Not letting someone have independence can lead to the lost of their identity because having total control makes them feel worthless.

"She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to posses her, and was striving to beat it back with her will..."
"There would be no powerful will bend hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature."
"There stood, facing the window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into soul."
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